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Alicia’s Story (Breast Cancer)

Alecia's Story (Breast Cancer)I was diagnosed with stage 3 triple negative breast cancer in 2010, when I was 23 years old. I found it while breast feeding my four month old daughter. I was trying to get more milk out and I felt a lump. I took it to my doctor but at this age no one expected it to be cancer just a blocked milk duct. However, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer years earlier when I was 18. My mother pushed and my family doctor agreed that they needed to do an ultrasound. From there I had biopsy and then the diagnoses. I had a lumpectomy and then six rounds of chemotherapy and 30 straight rounds of radiation. I had to stop breast feeding my baby girl but she is reason I fought so hard to be here now. Chemo is really hard but when you have family like I do and your little girl is waiting at home for you, you fight harder. I fought like a girl for myself and for my own little girl so her mother would always be around. I had genetic testing done and although I do not have the typical BRCA 1 or 2 genes I do have a mutation on both genes of which they cannot identify. I am told to come back in a few years to see if they know more. I was also tested for P52 and it was negative.

Its been almost four years since chemo ended and I turned 28 last week. I now have a son who is two and I am finally starting my career in teaching. Four weeks ago I underwent a bilateral mastectomy to make sure this never comes back. It has given me piece of mind and although I may never be able to have another child or if I do, never be able to breast feed, but at least I know I have a more then decent chance of the breast cancer ever returning. As if to make everything more worth it I received the pathology report yesterday and was told the cancer was starting to return. I had gotten rid of it and I will hopefully never see it again. I try every day to live well but I am raising my daughter to be a strong woman and if anything ever does not go her way then I know she has the tools to fight like a girl and stand up to anything in her path.

My sister in law bought me this t-shirt from this website before surgery and gave it to me for my birthday this month!

Submitted 04/24/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Lynn Wilsing

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was just diagnosed in January and have been going through treatment and researching tnbc and I have to honestly say I was getting very disheartened thinking of the prospect of recurrence. Your story has helped put my mind at ease. Thank you so much!

    • Alicia

      Lynn, I am so sorry that you were diagnosed with tnbc or breast cancer at all. I am so glad that my story has helped to put your mind at ease. I did the same thing when I was diagnosed and would research it until the late hours of the night, but it never helped and always made things worse. I know its very scary but I think concentrating on feeling as good as you can through treatment (which I know isn’t an easy task) and looking forward to the future is the best thing to do. Just think, you will go through treatment and it will be hard but you will get through it and then you will have a much better future! Please let me know if you ever want to talk 🙂

      • Lynn

        Thank you for the positive words. I have gone through chemo and started radiation but had to stop after 5 days. I ended up going in for a unilateral mastectomy August 8th. I am doing pretty well. The path report showed some wonderful things. The surgeon said it was the best path report I could ask for 🙂 I am on the path to healing now and moving forward. Thank you once again for your kind words.

  2. Angela Riddle

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was diagnosed in February with TN BC and underwent a lumpectomy. I was blessed that my lymph nodes were clear. As of today, I have had 3 rounds of chemo and have 5 more to go. When I saw your story it was just what I needed. My best friend died 5 years ago from TNBC and that had weighed heavy on my mind and my families mind. I am waiting on my genetic test results and praying they are negative. So happy for you!!

    • Alicia

      Hi Angela, I’m glad that I could help you with my story. Its been almost 4 years since i finished chemo but i remember it vividly and so I understand what you are going through; its awful! but you are almost at the halfway point. i’m very glad that your lymph nodes were clear that is very encouraging. I am so sorry that your best friend died of TNBC that is truly awful! of course it would weigh heavy on your mind but in five years they have done a lot with treatment options and I know that with your family around you will get through this. I am praying for you as well that your genetic results are negative, but know that if they aren’t your doctors will give you options and you will get through that as well. I am praying that your up coming treatments go well.

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